Georgia Ends Men's Basketball Streak, 91-78
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ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia shot 60 percent from the field and made 32 free throws to hand the LSU men's basketball team a 91-78 defeat on Thursday night in Stegeman Coliseum.
LSU (14-7, 5-4 SEC), which had won four of five games, started cold from the field and never led Georgia (11-11, 5-4 SEC), which stapped a three-game losing skid.
The Bulldogs used an 11-0 run late in the first half to open a 12-point advantage. Though the Tigers got within three early in the second half, the Bulldogs' answered to put hand LSU its fourth loss in six true road contests this season.
The Tigers return home for a quick turnaround before facing Auburn on Saturday at the Maravich Center. Tipoff on SEC-TV is set for 3 p.m. CT, while the LSU Sports Radio Network pregame broadcast begins at 2:30.
LSU was led by Jordan Mickey and Andre Stringer with 19 points each. Stringer scored 11 to keep the Tigers in the game in the first half and finished 6-of-15 shooting with four three pointers. Mickey was 7-of-9 from the field and had eight rebounds and two blocks. Jarrel Martin added 12 points on 4-of-12 shooting in 37 minutes.
Both O'Bryant and guard Anthony Hickey had nine points, as the LSU starting five combined for 22 fouls.
Georgia took advantage of its opportunities at the free throw line, converting 32-of-46 attempts. The Bulldogs were added 44 points in the paint and finished 27 of 45 shooting.
LSU also made 27 field goals, but shot only 22 free throws, making 15.
The Tigers were held off the scoreboard for nearly three minutes to open the game before Mickey converted a free throw to get the Tigers on the board, 4-1. To make matters worse, O'Bryant picked up his second foul moments later and went to the bench for the rest of the half, as LSU fell behind, 8-1.
After the Tigers missed their first six shots fromt he floor, Coleman and Hickey made consecutive three pointers to get back the Tigers within a point, 8-7, with 14:46 left in the half.
Leading by three coming out of the first media timeout, Georgia quickly expanded its lead to seven against LSU's full-court press with three-straight transition layups.
Stringer answered with the Tigers' third three pointer in five tries, and LSU trailed 16-12 with 11:37 remaining in the half. However, LSU was only 1-of-6 inside the arch while Georgia was 7-of-13 from the floor.
Four points by Stringer including his second three pointer helped LSU stay within three, 21-18.
Though four points by Mickey had the Tigers within a point, Georgia rolled off an 11-0 and led 34-22 with 4:15 remaining in the half.
Georgia led 43-30 at halftime, as the Bulldogs shot 58.3 percent from the field (14 of 24) and made 13-of-16 free throws).
Meanwhile, LSU only made three shots inside the three-point arc in the half and was outscored 24-4 in the paint without O'Bryant.
LSU cut the Georgia lead to three, 48-45, in the first five minutes of the second half, as Mickey, O'Bryant and Martin scored all 11 of the Tigers' points.
However, O'Bryant and Coleman each picked up a fourth foul within the first six minutes of the half and both returned to the bench. Meanwhile, Georgia expanded its advantage to back to double digits, 61-51.
Consecutive jumpers by O'Bryant narrowed the LSU deficit to six, 77-71, with 4:46 to play but would get no closer.